Game of Week: Undefeated Tucker wary of Ware County

CHANNEL 2 SPORTS ZONE FRIDAY GAME OF THE WEEK: TUCKER VS. WARE CO.

AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters is just one of many reasons Tucker is undefeated and favored in tonight's Class AAAA quarterfinal against Ware County. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters is just one of many reasons Tucker is undefeated and favored in tonight's Class AAAA quarterfinal against Ware County. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

I’m about to head over to Hallford Memorial Stadium in Clarkston to call the Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff game between No. 3-ranked Tucker (12-0) and Ware County (10-2). You can catch it on cable TV tonight live at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast 248 or Charter 126 or see the 1 a.m. replay on WSB’s Channel 2.

Let me tell you why you’ll want to tune in. First off, Tucker is a a phenomenal team that is absolutely loaded with stars, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

The Tigers are led by AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters. Vaughters, a 4.o. student who had well over 30 scholarships offers, committed to Stanford this past summer. Here is a link to some 2010 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS of Vaughters in action.

But Vaughters is just one of at least seven college football prospects on the Tucker defense. Nobody does more for the Tigers than safety Chris Sanders. Sanders (6-1, 185), the first commitment in Georgia’s Class of 2011, is a two-way starter who leads the team in interceptions (4) and receiving yards (227) and has scored six touchdowns. He’s also the kick returner and punter.

The Tigers also feature Auburn commitment Justin Garrett (6-2, 185), cornerback/running back N’Quan Maggett (5-9, 165) and DE Ramal Davis (6-2, 210) in addition to several juniors that are being recruited.

“It’s looks like an all-star team on film,” said Ware County coach Ed Dudley, a former Atlanta-area football coach who headed up the programs at Walton and Buford. “They have four or five college linebackers.”

Don’t be fooled by the Gators. They’ve already knocked off Atlanta teams North Clayton and Whitewater to reach the quarterfinals and are perfectly built for playoff football.

Ware County is a running team that controls the ball, plays tough, aggressive defense and wins the kicking game. The Gators feature a pair of running backs in Bernard Robertson and William Golden who have combined for more than 1,800 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns, have given up a paltry 8.5 points per game and have a kicker in Zack Griffin who kicked five field goals against North Clayton in the playoffs.

Ware’s only losses came to Class AAAAA powerhouse Lowndes 3-0 and to Class AAAA playoff participant Brunswick (22-14). They also beat Class AAAAA playoff participant Coffee 31-14 to open the season.

“They’re physical and fast,” Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said. “They have excellent speed defensively. They’re the fastest defense we’ve seen this year — maybe ever.”

The Gators also feature several college recruits. But the player I’m most eager to get a look at is probably not a prospect at all. Defensive tackle Edwin Grant is only 5-7, 175, but he leads his team in sacks (10), tackles for loss (23) and QB pressures (27) and has 95 tackles overall.

So there you have it, a marquee matchup of high school powers from North and South Georgia. It should be a great one. Can’t wait to see how this one comes out. Please join us in finding out.

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22 comments Add your comment

bitter ole ball coach

November 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

ive worked with philipeans and even a 5′5 person has a chance of scoring 55 a game. nice find yellow pea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps yaaaw need to fire this coach for lack of use of a good brain. why look any futher than the state of georgia????????????????????? phil—- sh—–t, dumb as—-s coach

bitter ole ball coach

November 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

first, a little lateEnter your comments here

bitter ole ball coach

November 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

wrong article, sorry

Chris

November 26th, 2010
2:50 pm

Hey Chip,

Bama is up 7 to 0 already.

Maybe Crowell is watching

Dawggie

November 26th, 2010
3:16 pm

Actualy its 14-0. Hope Crowell is watching as well. Trent Richardson running the “wildcat”! Woo-Hoo!

Go to Alabama and play second fiddle and when you do get on the field, “you can run the Wildcat!”

Go to UGA and instead of playing second fiddle and gimmick plays, be the feature back in a prostyle offense.

Speaking of Alabama and Georgia, between the two, who has CONSISTENTLY produced more NFL bound RB’s?

Dawggie

November 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

Well Aubuns defense REALLY sucks, its 21-0 now…

Dawggie

November 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

So much for the SEC as National Champs streak continuing…

Chip Towers

November 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

Bama 24-21 now. The Mighty Cams are rolling!

D.Elliott

November 26th, 2010
6:19 pm

What a disaster for Alabama. Preseason number one and they go 9-3 and they lose all their stars next year.

ryan Red & Black

November 26th, 2010
6:30 pm

Hey guys i am back hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Bama’s lost does help us with the recruits we are to have this weekend UGA needs to come out strong Bama is going to have a freshman QB and could scare off Crowell with Murray coming in his second year and will be more polish and hey naganole i am pulling for FSU go dawgs .

SAINT SIMON

November 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!1

AHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!

BoWeevil

November 26th, 2010
11:15 pm

MCG DAWG

November 25th, 2010 2:22 am

“BOWEEVIL….Can’t wait to see you on the Blogs Friday night after Alabama puts Auburn on their rear-ends…SELAH!”

MCG DAWG

Coach

November 27th, 2010
12:44 am

Great win Tucker. 42-3 final. On a cold night at Hallford, the Tigers stepped on the field and played their hearts out against a Ware County Gator team that never quit.

GoldenDawg

November 27th, 2010
1:15 am

Hey Chip, will Vaughters stay a Stanford commit if Harbaugh leaves for the NFL or will he open up his recruiting again?

Brian F.

November 27th, 2010
7:48 am

Go Chattahoochee !! NEXT VICTIM = STATESBORO

bigtime

November 27th, 2010
8:59 am

D.Elliot…Bama played too much “me” football this year with the stars. “We” football is what wins championships. In my opinion Bama’ biggest loss is Julio Jones ,you all saw our offense with him on the bench in the 4th quarter and it wasn’t very good. Of couse Hanks was on the bench hurt also so that didn’t help matters any.I would have loved to see G.Mac on the last drive but thats football. Kudos to auburn, they came to Tuscaloosa and beat one helluva football team. Bama’s 3 losses: SEC west champ auburn, SEC east champ South Carolina, soon to be # 4 LSU. Not too bad for a team replacing 9 starters on defense. This years team beat ourselves, last years team did not. That’s the difference in Back to Back and the Outback, as in outback bowl. ROLL TIDE ……we’ll be back ,you can’t win championships every year.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

November 27th, 2010
9:19 am

Dawgs vs. Bugs day !!!!!

Nick Fairley

November 27th, 2010
9:23 am

Guess no one in here wanted us to win. Every blog comes back to hating AU even the High School articles…..really funny

Barnyard Bill

November 27th, 2010
9:38 am

Yeah that pro style offense sure does work 5-6 losers

bitter local s.e.c seriff

November 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

10 years probation gonna come down on ALLLLBBBBURRRNNN yaaaaw, first time school goes 14-0 to 0and 14, hahahahahahahahahahahah war turds, hahahahahahahah

ryan Red & Black

November 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

X. Dickson is heading to Athens for the game and also UGA offered a huge JUCO DT for the 3-4 .

Chip Towers

November 28th, 2010
12:36 am

GoldenDawg: As I matter of fact, I ran into Jonathan Vaughters, James’ father, at halftime of the game Friday night and asked him just that question. Dad said James was going to stick with Stanford no matter what Harbaugh did. James actually favored USC originally but backed off after Carroll left. That taught him a lesson, his father said.